With the establishment of the Institute for Literature in 1948, the Dept. of Bulgarian Literature until the Liberation was established, which united specialists in Old Bulgarian and Revival literature. Its first and long-term leader (1948-1983) was Acad. Petar Dinekov. From 1983 to 1989 the department was headed by Prof. Docho Lekov. In 1989 the department was divided into two: "Old Bulgarian Literature" and "Bulgarian Revival Literature". Prof. D. Lekov continued to be the Head of the department until 1993. Since 1995, its head has been Prof. Rumyana Damyanova. Prominent scholars, researchers of the Revival literature and culture worked in the department: Sonya Baeva, Tsveta Undzhieva, Stefana Tarinska, Lidiya Mihova, Kamen Mikhailov, Svetlana Rusinova, Dancho Gospodinov; Vasil Balevski and Rosen Tahov worked as research-philologists.
The Department of Bulgarian Revival Literature was conceived as a research center for the study of literary and cultural processes and phenomena during the Bulgarian Revival, established promising contacts with the Departments of Bulgarian Literature at all universities in Bulgaria and developed the potential set by Ivan D. Shishmanov, Boyan. Penev, Yordan Ivanov, Mikhail Arnaudov.
In the 50s, 60s and 70s of the 20th century members of the department published many foundational studies: Contemporaries of Paisius (2 vols.), At the Dawn of Bulgarian Revival Literature" (B. Angelov), Revival Writers, From the History of Bulgarian Literature, In the World of Hristo Botev (P. Dinekov), Petko Slaveykov. Life and Works 1827-1870 (S. Baeva), Lyuben Karavelov. Novelist and Feuilletonist (T. Undjieva), Botev's Prose (St. Tarinska), Problems of Bulgarian Fiction during the Revival (D. Lekov). During these decades, with the participation of members of the department, collected works of the most important Revival writers were prepared and published: e.g. Hristo Botev, Lyuben Karavelov, Petko R. Slaveykov, Vasil Drumev, Todor Peev, Dobri Chintulov and others. At the same time, the 70s were marked by a significant change in the thematic orientation of the department with the collection of articles On the Literary Genres during the Bulgarian Revival (1979).
- Emigration and Literature - 1995
- Religion and Literature - 1996
- Cultural Centers and Spiritual Communities - 1997
- Non-Fiction through the eyes of the Literary Historian - 1998
- The Imagined Texts of the Bulgarian Revival - 1999
- Bulgarian Revival. Quoting and Cited - 2000
- Heroes and Rogues in Revival Literature - 2001
- 175 Years since the Birth of P. R. Slaveykov - 2002
- School and Literature - 2003
- Literature through the Norm - 2004
- Literature. Topoi and Directions - 2005
- And I put in print...: Book, Language, Literature - 2006
- The Word and Ideas about the Past - 2007
- Identity, Borrowings and Syntheses in the Bulgarian Literary and Cultural Development (dedicated to Dobri Voynikov) - 2008
- 175 Years since the Birth of Lyuben Karavelov - 2009
- Acad. P. Dinekov and the Humanities: Ideas, Positions and Concepts - 2010
- Between the Shots - Dedicated to the 80th Anniversary of N. Dragova and P. Stefanov - 2011
- Town/Village in the Literature and Culture of the Bulgarian Revival - 2012
- Heroes and the Heroic - 2013.
- Enlightenment and Criticism - 2014
- Literature: Privileged Voices, Suppressed Voices - 2015
- Doubt: A Phenomenon of the Revival - 2016
- The High Ideologies of the Revival: Dynamics and Uses - 2017
- From Literary History to the Perceiver of the Revival Text (90 Years since the Birth of Prof. Docho Lekov) - 2018.
- Disagreements during/around the Revival - 2019